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Free advice

by frenne on November 30, 2009

Every time I find an image that for whatever reason inspires me, I keep it.
And some time ago I re-found this one.

Free advice

The idea was just so fantastic and unselfish.
Two guys is for no obvious reason giving away free advice.

So I made plans with a friend and went to a shopping mall in order to try it here in Sweden. The circumstances were not so good. For starters being in Sweden, the land of the shy and reductive. And it was a rainy Saturday morning as well.

But, it turned out great!
It was quite slow in the beginning, people saw the sign, smiled and passed, but after a while people started asking us for our advice.
And the questions were far from what we expected. Besides the most common questions, why and which brand we are working for, we gave advice in how to recognize gold, selecting a horse to buy or how to give away more flyer’s and finding good men.

The most interesting part was the everyone that came up to us was wondering who we worked for, and why are we doing this.
I guess that people are not expecting something for free, and we didn’t either. Every time I do things like this, great things comes out of it. I learn, think and get inspired.

In retrospect the best part was watching the few milli-seconds people spent before getting the courage to ask for our advice. The hesitation and nervosity, the indecisiveness, which disappeared when the found out the we actually tried to give genuine good advice. The only thing I am not sure of whether we gave good advice or not.
But we gave it try.

Gratis Råd

EDIT: A friend in New York stumbled upon the very same idea. It is most likely not because of this post, but I like it anyhow.